Saturday, November 8, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Rossi Takes Pole, Lorenzo 4th in MotoGP Season Finale Round Qualifying at Valencia

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Valencia, Spain
Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

Renaissance Man Rossi Back on Pole
14:35 Local time GMT+1
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 20°C
Track 27°C
TemperatureHumidity 39%
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 Valencia (Spain), 8th November 2014

A super heated last qualifying session of the season at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit this afternoon saw Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi rise to the top to start tomorrow’s Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana from pole position. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo will start directly behind him from fourth place on the grid.

Rossi clinched his first pole since Le Mans 2010 by lingering in the pits for a little while at the start of the session, allowing him to fully focus on a lap time once he entered a relatively empty track. Putting down a 1’31.765, the nine-time World Champion briefly set provisional pole. He went on to further improve his time but not his position with a 1’31.614 lap, leaving him in eighth place with eight minutes of the session remaining. Rossi then returned to the pits for fresh rubber and was back out again two minutes later. He became one of the key protagonists in an incredible fight for pole as the times started to drop into the 1’30s. His improvements continued as he initially set provisional pole with a 1'31.198 lap. He later got pushed back to fourth but, with one lap remaining after the flag had come out, he dropped a final time of 1’30.843 to take the 50th pole in his MotoGP career and his 60th pole over all classes.

Teammate Lorenzo was also one of the last riders to get on the track this afternoon. Once out he immediately fired off a fast lap and set provisional pole with a 1’31.726, before getting pushed back to eighth as the pace quickened. He went on to improve with a 1’31.421 to rise back up to second and with seven minutes remaining returned to the pits for a fresh rear qualifying tyre. Three minutes later he was back out and continued to improve his time when he put in another hot lap of 1’31.049, to move up four places to second. He looked good for a front row until a flurry of late activity from other riders pushed him to fourth position, on the second row.
46Valentino Rossi
1st / 1'30.843 / 8 laps
“Getting my 50th pole position in my MotoGP career is a great achievement. It was a bit of a surprise, I didn’t expect it. I knew that I could do a good lap time because I felt really good with the bike. When I pushed the times were already not so bad, but on the last lap I was able to give a little bit extra. To get another pole position after four years is quite emotional. I like it a lot and I’m very happy, especially because it will be very important for tomorrow’s race.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
4th / 1'31.049 (+0.206) / 7 laps
“Fourth place is good, keeping in mind that all the riders’ times are very close. I tried to do some good lap times. I did one fast lap but I made a mistake in the second and I went wide and I lost one or two tenths of a second. Valentino was behind me and he improved his lap time and went in front. This happens sometimes and you can lose some positions because of it. Our rivals are really competitive and they can take slow corners really late and exit corners very easily with a lot of acceleration, but we are not so bad. We have a great pace. The race is going to be long, so it won’t be easy but we have a lot of potential to win the race.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“It is incredible to see Valentino on pole, especially at a place where in the past he has struggled to go fast. Jorge’s times also looked good today. He was consistently fast, so it’s a pity that he lost the first row at the end of the session as he deserved to be there. He has a good rhythm and he has won many races here, so I think we can be optimistic for tomorrow. We’re still not satisfied about the settings; compared to yesterday we made a big step in the right direction, but there are still some things that we need to improve. The race will be 30 laps, which is quite long. This is quite difficult to manage, not only physically for the riders, but also technically and tyre-wise. We’ll try to find something tomorrow morning that will hopefully give us some benefits.”

The extended imagery from today's Qualifying sessions at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Valencia, Spain) is available on
1.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'30.843
2.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'30.975
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'30.999
4.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'31.049
5.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'31.144
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'31.307
7.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'31.324
8.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'31.359
9.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'31.426
10.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'31.443
11.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing1'31.486
12.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'32.617
13.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'32.160
14.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'32.315
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'32.321
16.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'32.395
17.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'32.443
18.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'32.449
19.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing1'32.453
20.Randy De Puniet (FRA)Team Suzuki MotoGP1'32.509
21.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team1'32.683
22.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'32.808
23.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'33.019
24.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'33.972
25.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'34.510
Technical Informations
CircuitRicardo Tormo Valencia
LocationValencia, Spain
Length (m)4005
Width (m)12
Turns righ5
Turns left9
Pole positionright
<p>Gran Premio de la
Comunitat Valenciana</p>
Record Lap
Time 1'31.628
Best Lap
Time 1'30.237
2013 Results
1st J.Lorenzo (Yamaha): 46'10.302
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +3.934
3rdM.Marquez (Honda): +7.357
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